Isaiah Thomas undergoes successful hip surgery, faces four-month recovery
The Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night announced that Isaiah Thomas underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his troublesome right hip earlier in the day. The Lakers also confirmed the inevitable by indicating Thomas won’t play again this season.
MEDICAL UPDATE: Isaiah Thomas had successful arthroscopic surgery to his right hip today.
Thomas will miss the remainder of the season. His expected recovery time is four months. pic.twitter.com/w8Gne6lvGT
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 29, 2018
Thomas’ surgery made his NBA future all the more uncertain, even though it was not that clear before the procedure. Thomas last week said he is open to returning to the Lakers next season, even if that means being relegated to a backup role.
That said, at this point Thomas has few options but to make a bid at resurrecting his suddenly flailing career, one that was filled with such promise not even one calendar year ago.
It goes without saying, however, that Thomas experienced a whirlwind of drastic developments since originally going down with the hip injury during last year’s playoffs while still a member of the Boston Celtics. Thomas was then shockingly dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Kyrie Irving, a move that clearly stung him. Then it was on to L.A., and now, the season-ending surgery.
Thomas, throughout his grueling rehabilitation — a process that prevented him from making his season debut until Jan. 2 — proved he could overcome such a challenge. There’s little reason to doubt him this time around.